(BOSTON) – Representative Harold P. Naughton, Jr. joined hiscolleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to pass its FY19 budget which makes investments in programs and services across the Commonwealth. Funded at $41.88 billion, the budget maintains funding for key programs, including $4.908 billion for Chapter 70 funding, which is an increase of $160.6 million over FY 2018, $68.9 million for Regional School Transportation, and $319.4 million for Special Education Circuit Breaker, which fully funds the mandated obligation of 75% reimbursement. The final budget also includes key funding for the 12thWorcester District.
“The final FY19 budget ensures that families throughout the Commonwealth will be able to enjoy essential services that will improve the quality of life for all our residents,” said Representative Naughton. “I am also thrilled that the final budget includes significant funds for the 12thWorcester District. Throughout this process, I have worked to ensure that the people of my district are not forgotten. I strongly believe the final budget will provide our communities with the opportunity to benefit from continued investment in our towns.”
Representative Naughton successfully secured the following district funds:
- $500,000 in reimbursement for the Water and Sewer Treatment Plant and for land use of the Wachusett Reservoir to the Town of Clinton.
- $50,000 in reimbursement to the Town of Boylston for hosting the Municipal Police Training Academy.
- $40,000 to the Town of Lancaster for the construction of the Thayer Memorial Park.
- $40,000 to the Town of Clinton for theremoval of contaminated soils and environmental remediation.
- $50,000 to the Town of Clinton for the maintenance and improvement of the south branch of the Nashua River to lessen hazard of flood.
- $25,000 to the Town of Berlin for the installation of an artesian well and submerged water pump for irrigation in the Community Garden.
- Approximately $200,000 in Prison Mitigation funding to the Town of Lancaster.
In the FY19 budget, the 12thWorcester District also received the following increases from FY19 in Chapter 70 funding and Unrestricted General Government Aid:
- The Town of Berlin received a $4,770 increase in Chapter 70 funding and an increase of $7,049 in Unrestricted General Government Aid.
- The Town of Boylston received an increase of $126,237 in Chapter 70 funding and an increase of $11,977 in Unrestricted General Government Aid.
- Town of Clinton received an increase of $200,198 in Chapter 70 funding and an increase of $82,208 in Unrestricted General Government Aid.
- The Town of Lancaster received an increase of $33,422 in Unrestricted General Government Aid.
- The Town of Sterling received an increase of $24,241 in Unrestricted General Government Aid.
- The Town of Northborough received an increase of $48,240 in Chapter 70 funding and an increase of $39,002 in Unrestricted General Government Aid.
- Regional school districts in the 12thWorcester district saw an overall increase of $1,647,716 in Chapter 70 funding.